Staff Hub

With the mass transition to work from home arrangements for staff, we have introduced a new wellness and support webpage for staff to access the latest announcements and resources while we work from home.


Herston Road night works

Night works will resume on Herston Road from Tuesday 11 May (pending weather) for two nights between 7pm and 5am to undertake line marking works.

Staff and patients may experience:

1. Changed traffic conditions, including minor traffic delays, no standing for traffic in the work zone, reduced speed limits, lane closures and detours around the limits of the job.

2. Controlled access to driveways, with waits up to 15-minutes. Traffic control will be in place to assist access to properties.

Please note that NO PARKING in the work zone is permitted during this time. Vehicles parked on the road when works are scheduled to occur will be relocated as per section 36 of the Public Land and Council Assets Local Law 2014.

Vaccinations and immunisation requirements

Staff are required by the Vaccinations and Immunisations Procedures to be immunised against infections and illnesses that are both reasonably foreseeable for their role and preventable by vaccines.

All new and existing staff must have an immunisation record if they are required to meet specific immunisation requirements for their role, as outlined in the Vaccination and Immunisation Guidelines.

For new staff, or existing staff who haven’t yet provided a record, your supervisor will initiate an online immunisation compliance request in my.UQ.

More information, and a link to the immunisation compliance request system is available here.

Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1B of national roll-out

The COVID-19 vaccine is a significant part of the strategy to manage the current COVID-19 pandemic. Currently Australia is at the commencement of Phase 1B of the national roll-out which means that more priority populations are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. 

These populations include the many healthcare worker staff and students with placements in healthcare settings. 

Further UQ FAQs are available here particularly for those UQ healthcare worker students and staff now included in phase 1B. 

Eligible people are encouraged to receive the vaccine as it becomes available to them to protect themselves but also to support the most vulnerable in our community. 

If, based on the information input into the Vaccine Eligibility Checker, you are eligible to book in for a COVID-19 vaccination, you will be able to view a range of clinic locations and book an appointment based on the postcode or town name you enter.  

One of the available options is the new ‘Annerley Respiratory Clinic’ - a UQ Health Care clinic currently listed in the Vaccine Eligibility Checker (Vaccine Clinic Finder section) providing COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment.  (The UQ Health Care St Lucia Medical Centre is also anticipating a smaller allocation of vaccines sometime in April).   

More and more appointments will become available over the coming weeks across the country. People are encouraged to continue to check the vaccine clinic finder each week if they cannot secure an appointment on first or subsequent attempts.   

Healthcare worker staff can contact AskHR for a statement of employment position and organisational unit if they don’t have a hospital ID card or other proof of eligibility.  Healthcare worker students have received communication from their faculty and will be provided with eligibility letters if they will be having placements in healthcare settings over the coming months.

Those currently eligible to make an appointment for a vaccine include:

Phase 1A populations:

*Quarantine and border workers

*Frontline healthcare worker sub-groups for prioritisation

*Aged care and disability care staff

*Aged care and disability care residents

 Phase 1B populations:

*Elderly adults aged 70 and above

*Healthcare workers (including tertiary students with placements in healthcare settings)

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55

*Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability

*Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

    View archived Operational announcements

    People and culture 

    COVID-19: Vaccine roll-out staff update

    Confused about the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Australia? UQ experts Professor Ian Frazer and Dr Kirsty Short answer your questions with the latest scientific advice.

    Watch now (scroll down to view)

    Student-Staff Partnership Projects

    There’s still time to submit a Student-Staff Partnership Project idea for Round Three which will run from 12 Jul–8 Oct 2021.

    If you have an idea on how to enact change here at UQ, submit your project idea by 9 May 2021 for Round Three projects this year.

    Find out more about the process, types of projects and how to submit an idea here

    Have your voice heard

    UQ's HR Mental Health team is evaluating UQ's Employee Assistance Program, Benestar, and are welcoming any feedback staff may have in relation to your experience of the program offered by the current service provider and the quality of counsellors/clinicians. The questionnaire should only take five –10 minutes and all responses are anonymous. For enquiries, contact Workplace Psychologist Kate Smith.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support line

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line provides support from clinicians who either identify as or who have in-depth cultural awareness and extensive experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The service is free, confidential and available face-to-face or over the phone. Find out more or call 1800 816 152.

      View archived People and Culture announcements

      Teaching and learning

      Wellbeing webinars

      As a Mental Health Strategy initiative, all UQ staff and managers have access to the life, work and career wellbeing program by Parents (& Carers) At Work. Upcoming webinars include ‘Managing Mental Wellbeing For You and Your Family’ on Wednesday 28 April and ‘Maintaining Motivation, Connection and Wellbeing Working From Home’ on Tuesday 11 May.

      Find out more and register for a session here

      MD Design update

      An information session will be held on Thursday 6 May to inform about the progress made with the design of the new UQ MD curriculum. 

      The session will be held from 11am-12.30pm at the RBWH UQ Clinical Unit. RSVP to More information here

      View archived Teaching and Learning announcements

      Professional development 

      Training and development courses

      Want to develop skills or improve your capabilities in a certain area? Check out the Staff Development calendar. A wide range of courses, and other training sessions (scroll down to view) offered from around the University are open to UQ staff members. See available courses.

      View archived Professional Development announcements


      Help find the next antibiotic

      Soils for Science is an Australian-first citizen science program dedicated to finding new antibiotics needed in the fight against the scourge of drug-resistant infections, better known as superbugs.

      More than half of all antibiotics available worldwide have been developed from microbes found in soil and nature. More information and to request a soil kit here

      Conducting ethical research with humans at UQ

      UQ staff and students are invited to free training sessions ideal for anyone who does research with humans and wants a refresher on human research ethics and UQ’s processes.

      The sessions will be held Wednesday 28 April from 10.30am-12.30pm or Tuesday 22 June from 1.30-3:30pm.

      Registration and more information  here. Enquiries:

      Academy of Medicine Research Day – Call for Abstracts

      You are invited to submit an abstract for the Academy of Medicine Research Day, which aims to showcase a broad range of researchers making world class medical discoveries.

      Application and event details here

      Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme 2021

      Congratulations to Associate Professor Kristen Gibbons, Dr Sainath Raman and Mr Endrias Ergetu from the Child Health Research Centre.

      The group have secured $10,000 in seed funding to develop an International Partnership with the University of Zurich and University Children’s Hospital Zurich. The partnership aims to enhance capacity in digital trials and precision medicine for critically unwell children.

      Funding and presenting opportunities for women’s health researchers

      Two exciting opportunities are now available for Queensland researchers specialising in women’s health to either showcase their research or apply for grants.

      The AHRA Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network has opened up applications for the inaugural Early to Mid-Career Researcher Funded Awards.

      The inaugural grant round comprises one-off 12-month financial support grants of up to $15,000 to facilitate career advancement and development in women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers.

      The Network is also holding the Queensland Women’s Health Forum in May and is calling for researchers to submit abstracts for presentations on a range of topics.

      Application details here.

      Abstract call-out for prestigious PAH awards

      UQ researchers are invited to submit an abstract for the 2021 Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Health Symposium Research Excellence Awards.

      The awards – which recognise next generation discoveries in the clinical space – will return to the symposium program, held from 24-27 August at the Translational Research Institute, PAH campus.

      Abstract submission deadline is 28 May. More information and application details here.

      Medical Research Future Fund survey

      Research Australia is showcasing Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) success stories.

      MRFF grant recipients are being asked to complete a survey about how MRFF funding has assisted or is assisting in research. This could be interim results or the outcomes of completed projects.

      The responses will be used to compile a report that will be presented to government to promote continued investment in the MRFF and research

      As a member of the Research Australia Alliance, you may be selected as a ‘feature piece’ for the report and we will contact you further should you be chosen.

      Please click this link to take part in the 20-minute survey which is voluntary, is not aimed at tracking success and is not a grant assessment.

      Winter Research Program

      Interested students are encouraged to apply for the Winter Research Program, with applications now open until 18 April.

      This is a wonderful opportunity to team up with some of The University of Queensland’s leading academics and researchers to engage in research-related activities for a selected project.

      Find out more and apply here.  

      Faculty of Medicine Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow Scheme

      The Faculty of Medicine is delighted to be recruiting up to eight Level B or C research-focused academics to join our research enterprise on prestigious five year research fellowships. Applicants from both within and outside of UQ are encouraged to apply and successful applicants will be granted start-up funds and provided with opportunities to teach. More info here.

      RDI 2021 Network Conference

      Calling all academics, researchers, consultants, practitioners and students.You’re invited to register for the upcoming Research for Development Impact Conference 2021 in response to the theme: Pathways through disruption – the future of sustainable development and recovery in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.Early bird registrations are open for the online conference on July 1-2. More information here

      U21 Health Sciences funding opportunities

       Applications are now open for U21 Health Sciences Group funding opportunities in three key categories.

      The International Projects Fund is aimed at supporting academic and non-academic represented teams to develop a collaborative project while the Research Development Fund is aimed at supporting interdisciplinary research projects.

      The Student Research Fund is designed to support Masters (Research) and Doctoral students across the network to develop a research project.

       Interdisciplinary applications involving multiple health themes and partnership with at least three member universities are encouraged.

       The closing date for applications is Monday, 5 July 2021 with all application details here.

      Vertigo Ventures webinar
      Metrics for Grant Writing and Promotion will provide an overview of publication metrics that can be used to support claims about the quality of your research and track record for grant funding or academic promotion applications. Held via Zoom on five dates until 15 June, registration required.  

      MyResearch now available

      UQ’s research community can now Login to MyResearch to submit human and animal ethics research, teaching and breeding applications. MyResearch Training Hub provides learning resources. Researchers are encouraged to be familiar with the keynote topics for researchers. Demonstrations are also available to assist with familiarisation with the system.

      Learn more about MyResearch 

        View archived Research announcements

        UQ-UBC Global Impact Series webinar

        The third and final UQ-UBC Global Impact Series will be held on 18 May with a panel to address the topic ‘What happens with innovation and entrepreneurship in a time of crisis?’

        The panel will be moderated by UQ's Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, School of Business, Associate Professor Tim Kastelle, and will bring together experts in their respective fields to identify opportunities in innovation ecosystems in a post-pandemic world that are able to respond to the changing needs of society.

        The webinar will be conducted via Zoom from 9–10.30am. Please see website for more details and register your attendance here.

        The Phil Walker memorial ethics lecture

        Artificial Intelligence  offers the promise of radical transformation of medicine and the way in which people interact with the healthcare system; from reading x-rays, forecasting patient mortality, diagnosing diseases and beyond.
        Harnessed effectively, Artificial Intelligence has the potential to relieve pressure on stressed health services, increase patient output and ensure clinicians can re-direct their focus to tasks that require a human touch. However, the promise of new technologies are tempered by complex, ethical concerns – from ceding control to machines, the management of personal data required to train Artificial Intelligence, the risks of discrimination and bias, and the impact on equity.

        Join us in person or online as Wendy Rogers, a Professor of Clinical Ethics from Macquarie University, explores the ethical challenges raised by the introduction of Artificial Intelligence in medicine, and offers attendees important insights into her field of bioethics. 5pm Tuesday 25 May 2021. Register here.

        Rugby and the Royal History Series

        Royal Alumni invites you to attend the Rugby and the Royal History Series at the RBWH Education Centre. Tuesday 25 May, 5.30pm for a 6pm start to 7.30pm. Refreshments and networking to follow until 8pm. Guest speakers include Emeritus Professor Ken Donald AO, Dr Ian Wilkey RFD, Dr Mark Loane AM, and Dr Gary Mitchell. Please register your attendance online. Tickets cost $20 per person.

        Milestone Seminars

        UQ’s Milestones Seminars are designed to provide HDR students with an opportunity to articulate their research to colleagues and receive feedback and guidance. There are three milestones – Confirmation, Mid-candidature Review, and Thesis Review. 

        View archived Events announcements

        Global launch of ‘Children in All Policies 2030’

        The global launch of ‘Children in All Policies 2030’ will be held as a digital event on 21 April. You are invited to join leaders, experts and activists from around the world for an energetic conversation about the climate emergency and children’s health and well-being.

        A new WHO-UNICEF-Lancet documentary on threats to children will also be screened and there will be messages for Earth Day, the Leaders’ Climate Summit and COP-26.

        The digital event will be held in Australia from 6.30-8pm. A full run-down of the program and registration details can be found here.

        ABiC's award winning poster 

        Acquired Brain Injury in Children (ABiC) presented a poster on brain connectivity and sleep changes after melatonin treatment in children with persistent post-concussion symptoms at the International Neurotrauma Symposium 2020.  It won the EBIC People’s Choice poster award.

        Congratulations Athena

        Athena Stein, a PhD student in ABiC, was accepted into the Wonder of Science Young Science Ambassador program, hosted by UQ.

        As a Young Science Ambassador, Athena will undertake at least five trips of her choice throughout the year to schools around Queensland. 

        High achiever rewarded

        A huge congratulations to Donna Franklin who was one of six winners selected for the PCCM Awards for Trainees and Early Investigators for medical/nursing/allied health professional oral presentation on ‘Nasal High Flow in Children with Acute Hypoxemic Respirator Failure. A Paediatric Acute Respiratory Intervention Study (Paris)'.


        View archived announcements from CHRC

        Fundraising film for gynaecological cancer research

        Professor Monika Janda of CHSR will be trekking the Larapinta Trail this year in support of the  Cherish Challenge Larapinta 2021.

        Cherish raises funds for gynaecological cancer research, which is critical to improve the prevention and treatment of these cancers. This cause is important to Professor Janda because she knows how difficult it is to get funding for critical research, and how much difference Cherish can make to women’s wellbeing. 

        Professor Janda has committed to raising a minimum of $3500 for the Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation and all funds that she raises will support gynaecological cancer research, as she will cover all of her own travel costs and expenses.

        To raise some funds, she is organising a movie event on Sunday 16 May 2021 from 1pm at the Red Hill — Five Star Cinemas, 14 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill.

        The movie featured will be Red Dog (rated PG), a story of love and friendship in the Australian outback. 

        Come along and bring as many friends and family as you can. There will be Choctops and Popcorn to purchase, as well as soft drinks. 

        On the ticket page you can also donate to the cause.

        Fundraiser walk for RSPCA

        Karen Lucas of the Metro South Telehealth team will be walking with her beloved pooch ‘Gus’ for 30 minutes each day in May to raise funds for the RSPCA.

        Each year 30,000 dogs end up at the RSPCA shelter so Karen is walking to secure funds so that they can have a home.

        To donate to this worthy cause see here.

        The AKTN response to COVID-19 pandemic

        The AKTN team recently had a paper published which described our response to COVID-19 and the strategies we put in place to help ensure clinical trial integrity and continuity during the pandemic and associated disruptions.

        The unprecedented demand placed on healthcare systems from the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a reassessment of clinical trial conduct and feasibility. Consequently, the AKTN had to efficiently respond and adapt to the changing landscape during COVID-19. Key priorities included ensuring patient and staff safety, trial integrity and network sustainability for the kidney care community. New resources have been developed to enable a structured review and contingency plan of trial activities during the pandemic and beyond.

        Read more about how the AKTN responded to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

        Study reveals cost of smoking to homeless men

        A new study by CHSR Researchers Dr Cheneal Puljević and Associate Professor Jason Ferris has found that men who smoke and experience homelessness are spending up to $250 per week on tobacco.

        The study, conducted among 68 men living in a homeless hostel in South Brisbane and published in Q1 journal Drug and Alcohol Review, also found that more participants were interested in a campaign promoting the financial savings of quitting rather than the health benefits. Twice as many participants reported the high cost of smoking‐provoked thoughts of quitting than graphic health warning labels on cigarette packs (70.6% vs. 30.9%).

        These findings suggest that future campaigns promoting smoking cessation among people who experience homelessness should focus on highlighting the cost savings of quitting smoking.

        COH Telehealth Webinar

        The next Centre for Online Health (COH) Telehealth Webinar will be held on Wednesday 5 May on the topic of 'Remote Patient Monitoring - Chronic Disease possibilities'.

        The webinar will be presented by Michelle Wilson,  a registered nurse with a diverse clinical experience working in Australia and the UK. The presentation will reflect the journey and learnings of the Remote Patient Monitoring program at Barwon Health.

        Following the presentation, a panel of experts from COH and the Australian Telehealth Society (ATHS) will answer questions. A full rundown of the program can be accessed here.

        The Zoom webinar will be held from 12.30-1.20pm. Zoom link here. Event details here

        PhD Confirmation Seminar

        A PhD Confirmation Seminar will be held on Thursday April 29 with the presentation to be made by  Ms Xiaoyun Zhou on the topic ‘The feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of the online intervention for stress management among adolescents in school settings in China’.

        Xiaoyun Zhou is a registered psychotherapist in China and has individual and group counselling experience with Chinese high school students.

        The current PhD study proposed the potential of using an online intervention (mobile app) for stress management among Chinese high school students. The aim of this study to test the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of an online intervention for stress management among high school students in China.

        The seminar will take place online from 10:30am – 12:30pm via Zoom link. Full details here.  

        Geriatric Medicine Seminar Series

        Professor Eddy Strivens will present details of the QH/JCU’s Healthy Ageing Research Team’s body of work on dementia and other diseases of ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait. The presentation will touch on research methodology, assessment tools and disease prevalence, as well as protective and risk factors, leading to the ongoing development of community driven models of successful ageing.

        The seminar will be held via MS Teams link from 12.15-1.15pm. See here for event details

        CHSR April publications

        Alam, Z., et al. (2021). Cervical Cancer Screening Among Immigrant Women Residing in Australia: A Systematic ReviewAsia Pac J Public Health: 1010539521100660

        Bakshi, A., et al. (2021). Genomic Risk Score for Melanoma in a Prospective Study of Older IndividualsJ Natl Cancer Inst.               

        Bell, J. J., et al. (2021). Systematised, Interdisciplinary Malnutrition Program for impLementation and Evaluation delivers improved hospital nutrition care processes and patient reported experiences - An implementation studyNutr Diet.               

        Henderson, A., et al. (2021). A systematic review of antimicrobial susceptibility testing as a tool in clinical trials assessing antimicrobials against infections due to Gram negative pathogens. Intended category: systematic reviewClin Microbiol Infect.           

        King, S. J., et al. (2021). Interventions for frail older inpatients: A systematic review of frailty measures and reported outcomes in randomised controlled trialsAustralas J Ageing.

        Leach, A. J., et al. (2021). Interchangeability, immunogenicity and safety of a combined 10-valent pneumococcal Haemophilus influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine (Synflorix) and 13-valent-PCV (Prevenar13) schedule at 1-2-4-6 months: PREVIX_COMBO, a 3-arm randomised controlled trialVaccine X 7: 100086.

        Puljević, C., et al. (2021). 'Money up in smoke': The financial benefits of smoking cessation may be more motivating to people who are homeless than potential health gainsDrug Alcohol

        Scott, I. A., et al. (2021). Developing critical thinking skills for delivering optimal care. Intern Med J 51(4): 488-493.

        Congratulations Centaine

        Dr Centaine Snoswell and her husband Aaron Snoswell welcomed their baby boy, Master Etienne Snoswell on 19 February 2021. Mum and bub are doing well.

        Here is a recent photo of Centaine and Etienne rocking a very fashionable and adorable bow tie: 

        Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending CHSR and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from CHSR

        Expression of Interest: Join a MD Design Working Group
        The MD Design project is now embarking on the stage two of the design process - the detailed design of the curriculum. We are seeking expressions of interest and nominations from across our broader MD Program community and beyond to join one of eight working groups that will be focused on the design of the new curriculum.    The working groups will be led by a Theme Lead and will meet regularly to progress with the design of staged learning outcomes, learning activities and related assessment tasks for their specific theme.  For more information, click here or alternatively, contact the MD Design project team at

        View archived announcements from the Medical Dean Portfolio

        Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting

        The ANZSCDB Queensland Committee invites you to attend the Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting on Thursday April 22.

        The meeting will be held from noon–4pm at the Translational Research Institute Auditorium and via Zoom (for interstate and New Zealand Colleagues).

        Confirmed plenary speakers include Dr Sarah Boyle (University of South Australia), Associate Professor Mathias Francois (Centenary Institute), Dr Jana Vucovic (The University of Queensland) and Associate Professor James Hudson (QIMRB).

        Four outstanding PhD/ECR speakers will also be selected to present on their latest research in cell and developmental biology.

        Lunch will be provided and a networking event with food and drinks provided will run following the meeting.

        In conjunction, a Best Microscopy Image competition will be held for HDR students and ECRs (up to five years post-PhD). Please email images to Dr Jatin Patel ( and Dr Julia Pagan ( by COB Thursday 15 April.

        Registration for this event is free and for catering purposes is required by 15 April.

        Important Information for researchers

        Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes at Mater Research, how the Mater Clinical Trials Unit can assist with your clinical research activity, what is support available for researchers as well as all the necessary forms, guidelines, key contacts and resources needed to conduct research projects at Mater Research. 

        Support services for researchers

        Mater Research provides a range of administrative, funding and development services to support Mater researchers, enabling them to wholly focus on their research. Learn more.


        Hervey Bay update

        • We held our first Teaching and Learning Committee meeting (TALC) on 19 April 2021.

        • It’s as easy as collecting your rubbish and a very small amount of effort... we are proud to have supported 15 underprivileged children in Uganda so far by providing them with a mattress to sleep on at night.  Sadly for many, this is luxury that they have never know. We hope to support every child in this village and beyond.  Good work Hervey Bay Team! Keep the cans and containers coming. We would love to have a competition with other sites, so if anyone from Bundaberg, Rocky or Toowoomba is interested in leading please contact Jules Bennet.

        Rockhampton update

        A warm welcome to our new staff:

        • Dr Sneha Kirubakaran, Director of Regional Training Hub CQ

        • Dr Sri Gouri Rajaparti, Academic Lead General Practice

        • Dr Jordan Fox, Project Officer – Research & Library

        TROHPIQ visit

        • Fifteen students visited UQRCS Rockhampton on 10 April. Feedback has been very positive, thanks to the involvement of our students and staff.

        Beef Week

        • RCS and RTH staff and students are collaborating with the Rural Doctors Association Queensland (RDAQ) to provide supervised health checks and health surveys during Beef Australia 2021 from 2–8 May.

        7 Rocky River Run

        • RCS students are looking forward to participating in CQ’s largest charity run on 23 May. Funds raised will support R U OK? and Ronald McDonald House Charities South East Queensland.

        Research  New Staff

        • Welcome to Dr Jordan Fox who has recently commenced at the Rural Clinical School Rockhampton as the new CQ Project Officer (Research & Library) on Tuesday 27 April. Jordan has recently completed a PhD at CQU Rockhampton, relating to Sports Science.

        Marketing and Communications Update

        Team matters:

        • We warmly welcome Codie McKeon to our team. She will work Mon-Fri during school hours from home for a few months before joining the Toowoomba office on 28 June.

        • Please continue to contact Justine/Jess in the first instance as we work towards finalising a generic email account.

        Social media:

         • See our March social media post with the most reach here, where you can meet Dr Matt Ruhl.

        • Our February social media post with the most engagement (shares/likes) can be found here

        Media distribution: 

        •Two media stories and opportunities were distributed in March

        Events calendar

        • See here for  events and activities scheduled for May and June.

        General – Professional Staff Timesheets (Hew Level 1-7)

        • Unfortunately there were some errors on the initial timesheet template for 2021 (Flex not being carried over, random hours appearing pre-entered in future dates). The HR team has created a new version. They have recommended that staff having this issue move to this new template.  You will not need to re-complete the previous fortnights, just enter the carried over data (Personal details, Flex, Toil) and ensure you and your supervisor keep both timesheet documents for reference.  Please also review the Instructions guide on the first tab – this contains a very helpful summary.

        Next newsletter

        • The survey results have been reviewed and we will work on a new standardised format for the next edition of this newsletter. Further details to come.

        View archived announcements from RCS

        From the Head of School

        At the end of each semester, the Faculty of Science sends an email to its full-time students who achieved a GPA of 6.0 or greater asking them to nominate their most effective teacher who teaches into a Science program. Please join me in congratulating the following staff who were among the Science Dean Commendations for excellence in teaching, Semester 2, 2020: Lesley Lluka (BIOL1040), Fiona Simpson (BIOM3015), Prasad Chunduri (BIOL1040), Brad Launikonis (BIOM2012), Mary-Louise Roy Manchadi (BIOM2402), Rohan Teasdale (BIOM2222), Kylie Tucker (BIOL1040), and James Kesby (Amplify, BIOM3015).

        Ellen Gillespie, a third-year PhD student from the Ruitenberg lab was recently awarded the prestigious Joan Hume Scholarship for spinal cord research. This scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving student. Well done Ellen, congratulations!

        Please join me in welcoming two new professional staff members to the school:  Madelaine Wallace (who actually commenced in February), is working in the IPLC assisting with archive digitisation, and Brian MacNamara who joins the TA team and is working in reception in MacGregor level 1.

        Lizzie Coulson

        Date Savers

        5 May

        Qiagen Morning Tea/Trade Display, 10am, Level 4 Tearoom, Macgregor Building (64)

        17 May

        Faculty of Medicine Board Meeting, 1pm, Herston and Zoom (details TBC)

        17 June

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        15 July

        All Staff meeting, 11am, Physiology Lecture Theatre 63-360; or Zoom (details to be announced)

        19 August

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        21 October

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        9 December

        All Staff meeting, 11am, venue TBC



        UQ Disclosure Obligations under Australian Foreign Relations Legislation

        Please see the memo from Professor Byrne regarding disclosure obligations under Australia’s Foreign Relations Legislation.  

        There are two common types of arrangements individual staff may have entered into that are not captured by any corporate system:

        1. UQ staff member co-supervising a student at a non-autonomous University, where there is a written agreement to act as a member of the supervisory team.

        2. UQ staff member has accepted an honorary/adjunct/visiting appointment at a non-autonomous University, where there is a written agreement confirming the appointment.

        Notification of any arrangements that fall into these categories is required by Friday 21 May.

        Contacting HR / SBMS Office Hours Trial

        A reminder that our AskHR team can assist you with your general HR queries. For complex matters, we would like to trial having SBMS Office Hours for drop-in queries. See here and information will be updated weekly with upcoming office hours. Outside of these hours, you are still welcome to call, email, or drop by. Any feedback, please provide to Travis.

        New SBMS Publications

        If you have recently had a new publication accepted or published, please let us know.

        1. Series elasticity facilitates safe plantar flexor muscle–tendon shock absorption during perturbed human hopping

        Taylor J. M. Dick, Christofer J. Clemente, Laksh K. Punith and Gregory S. Sawicki

        Proceedings of the Royal Society B

        Our ability to stay upright is remarkable, yet we understand very little about how we achieve this. We studied how motor control and muscle behaviour are modulated in the calf muscles to maintain stability during unexpected perturbations. We found that that experiencing an unexpected drop automatically increases the timing between when the muscles in our legs first activate and when they reach their shortest length which in turn enables our muscles to absorb and dissipate energy more effectively and to recover from a fall. We plan to use this information to inform the design of lower limb assistive devices, such as prostheses and exoskeletons, that can help people navigate natural, unpredictable environments. 

        Featured in New Scientist:


        2. Plant sentience, semantics, and the emergentist dilemma

        Brown, D. and Key, B.

        Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2021

        We address an emerging view that consciousness is widespread in both plants and animals in the universe. Clearly we have a thing or two to say about plant pain.


        3. Is absence of evidence of pain ever evidence of absence?

        Brown, D. and Key, B.

        Synthese, 2021

        Although widely articulated, the mantra that “absence of evidence is evidence of absence” is not necessarily so. This paper interrogates this absence of evidence reasoning with respect to animal pain.

        Virtual Glasgow Bioinformatics Summer School 2021

        For those looking to do any experiments involving bioinformatics in the near future, the Glasgow Bioinformatics Summer School is being held virtually this year from 23-27 August. See here for further details.

        SBMS Student Seminar

        The next SBMS student seminar will be held on Friday 7 May at 4 pm in Room 305 Skerman Building (65) by Guillaume Burnet, a PhD student from Josephine Bowles' lab. The title of the presentation is to be advised. 

        Friday Drinks
        With the cold weather setting in it's time to warm our souls with some friendly banter and tasty beverages! Come join us on Friday 7 May from 5pm at Pizza Café. Please note we are starting later so as not to clash with the student seminars (but you're welcome to head over early if you can't make the talks). 

        Social Soccer

        Dreamt of leaving academia and being the next David Beckham? Pull up your socks and join us for Social Soccer (or 'football', if you must) every Wednesday at 4:30pm at the UQ Playing Field 9 (near Walcott Street, a 5-minute walk from SBMS). For any queries please contact Sai or Guillaume.

         Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending SBMS and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from SBMS

        SPH Student Articles for The Conversation

        Congratulations to the below students on their PUBH7120 assessment task submissions. The following articles have featured in The Conversation:

        1st Place: Courtney Chai – Breaking the Chains of Hepatitis C in Prisons

        2nd Place: Caitlin Mifsud – Public Funding Required to Target Australia’s Obesity Crisis

        3rs Place: Isabella Ryan – It’s Time to Make Dying with Dignity a Choice for all Australians


        Staff Updates

        Congratulations to Associate Professor Lisa Hall who will be transitioning in as the new Chair of Teaching and Learning, and Dr Preetha Thomas as Deputy Chair, with formal uptake at year’s end and for the next three years.  Well Done Lisa and Preetha. The school would like to thank Associate Professor Simon Reid for his outstanding service in this role for the last few years, with a more formal thank you to follow later in the year.

        Congratulations to Associate Professor Linda Selvey who has been invited to speak on ‘The Role of Activism in Public Health’ for the 2021 Elkington Oration. Linda will speak on Thursday 13 May at 5:30pm. View the 2021 Grants Calendar here for upcoming grants and due dates

        Professor Amanda Lee, SPH and Professor Richard Smith, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor/Professor Health Economics at the University of Exeter UK, have been shortlisted for the fifth cohort of HDR students under the UQEX program. The proposal will examine 'Are healthy diets really more expensive than unhealthy diets?' Potential PhD scholars can apply, with closing date 24 May 2021 at University of Exeter  and FindAPhD


        Five minutes with our HR Advisor Rosebie Cristobal Andrews

        Position: Advisor, Human Resources Client Partnering

        How long have you been with working with SPH?: I’ve been employed with UQ since 2017. I worked with Medicine clients as a HR Assistant for about one year and moved onto a Central team for another. I returned to Medicine as an Advisor from October 2020 and have been working with SPH and Faculty as my client groups since.

        What energizes you at work? Empowering others. Work should be a safe place to learn, develop and challenge yourself. So, if I ever find myself part of that journey with my clients, my day goes quite fast.

        What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Never look away from people’s pain. Don’t look away. Don’t look down. Don’t pretend not to see hurt. Look people in the eye. Even when their pain is overwhelming. And when you’re in pain, find the people who can look you in the eye. We need to know we’re not alone – especially when we’re hurting.

        Who was it from? Not sure who said this, but a friend passed it onto me.

        What’s your go-to karaoke song?  Does To Me – Luke Combs ft Eric Church (warning it may or may not fall under the Country genre) otherwise anything Whitney Houston or Eminem related.

        If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Do instant noodles count? Technically it’s an all-encompassing food item.


        Research Update

        Please refer to the below links for upcoming grants and due dates. If you plan to apply for funding please remember to inform Cathy and Megan so they can facilitate.

        View the 2021 Grants Calendar here.


        March Publications

        Author of the Month - Eryn Wright – Research Officer, QCMHR



        1.  Wright E, Leitch E, Fjeldsoe K, Diminic SGossip K, Hudson P,Whiteford H. Using the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework to support an integrated approach to regional mental health planning in Queensland, Australia. Aust J Prim Health. 2021. DOI:10.1071/PY20150.  Integrated regional mental health planning between Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and State Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) has been identified as a key priority for improving the provision of mental health services across Australia.

        However, in order to be effective, integrated regional planning requires a shared understanding of the population’s needs across the mental health service spectrum, as well as the system’s current capacity to respond to those needs. In 2016, we collaborated with PHN, HHS and Queensland Government representatives in a trial application of the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) to support joint mental health planning in the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region.

        The aim of this work was to identify potential priority areas for future planning by comparing data on existing mental health services in the area with population-based needs estimates generated by the NMHSPF. The findings of this study highlighted improved access to both public ambulatory and primary mental health services as key concerns going forward, particularly for rural communities in the region. While data formatting and availability from some service sectors presented significant challenges to the analysis process, this seminal piece of work demonstrated that the NMHSPF could effectively support integrated regional mental health planning in Australia. It has also provided useful insight for other regions undertaking similar planning initiatives, including the value of regular meetings with stakeholders for strengthening partnerships, promoting data sharing and enhancing mutual understanding of responsibilities between organisations.

        2. (NDC-RisC) NRFc, incl Dobson A. Heterogeneous contributions of change in population distribution of body mass index to change in obesity and underweight. Elife. 2021;10. DOI:10.7554/eLife.60060.

        3. Blondell SJ, Debattista J, Griffin MP, Durham J. 'I think they might just go to the doctor': qualitatively examining the (un)acceptability of newer HIV testing approaches among Vietnamese-born migrants in greater-Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Sex Health. 2021;18(1):50-7.  DOI:

        4. Chan CH, Conley M, Reeves MM, Campbell KL, Kelly JT. Evaluating the Impact of Goal Setting on Improving Diet Quality in Chronic Kidney Disease. Front Nutr. 2021;8:627753. DOI:10.3389/fnut.2021.627753.

        5. Chan GCK, Stjepanović D, Lim C, Sun T, Shanmuga Anandan A, Connor JP, Gartner C, Hall WD, Leung J. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials and network meta-analysis of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation. Addict Behav. 2021;119:106912. DOI:10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106912.

        6. Chan RJ, Gordon LG. Screening for Financial Toxicity in Clinical Care With Finance-Related Outcome Measures. Cancer Nurs. 2021;44(2):87-8. DOI:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000926.

        7. Cherrie MPC, Sarran C, Osborne NJ. Climatic factors are associated with asthma prevalence: An ecological study using English quality outcomes framework general practitioner practice data. Science of the Total Environment. 2021;779. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146478.

        8. Crawford KL, Finnane A, Greer RM, Phillips CJC, Bishop EL, Woldeyohannes SM, Perkins NR, Ahern BJ. A Prospective Study of Training Methods for Two-Year-Old Thoroughbred Racehorses in Queensland, Australia, and Analysis of the Differences in Training Methods between Trainers of Varying Stable Sizes. Animals (Basel). 2021;11(4). DOI:10.3390/ani11040928.

        9. Davies EL, Puljevic C, Connolly D, Zhuparris A, Ferris JA, Winstock AR. The world’s favorite drug: What we have learned about alcohol from over 500,000 respondents to the Global Drug Survey. In: Daniel F, Ian PA, editors. The Handbook of Alcohol Use. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier BV; 2021 (Jan). p. 17-47.

        10. de Jersey S, Meloncelli N, Guthrie T, Powlesland H, Callaway L, Chang AT, Wilkinson S, Comans T, Eakin E. Implementation of the Living Well During Pregnancy Telecoaching Program for Women at High Risk of Excessive Gestational Weight Gain: Protocol for an Effectiveness-Implementation Hybrid Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021;10(3):e27196. DOI:10.2196/27196.

        11. Doust JA, Bell KJL, Leeflang MMG, Dinnes J, Lord SJ, Mallett S, van de Wijgert J, Sandberg S, Adeli K, Deeks JJ, Bossuyt PM, Horvath AR. Guidance for the design and reporting of studies evaluating the clinical performance of tests for present or past SARS-CoV-2 infection. Bmj. 2021;372:n568. DOI:10.1136/bmj.n568.

        12. Erku DA, Bauld L, Dawkins L, Gartner CE, Steadman KJ, Noar SM, Shrestha S, Morphett K. Does the content and source credibility of health and risk messages related to nicotine vaping products have an impact on harm perception and behavioural intentions? A systic review. Addiction. 2021. DOI:10.1111/add.15473.

        13. Gete DG, Waller MMishra GD. Pre-Pregnancy Diet Quality Is Associated with Lowering the Risk of Offspring Obesity and Underweight: Finding from a Prospective Cohort Study. Nutrients. 2021;13(4). DOI:

        14. Graves PM, Sheridan S, Scott J, Amosa-Lei Sam F, Naseri T, Thomsen R, King CL, Lau CL. Triple-Drug Treatment Is Effective for Lymphatic Filariasis Microfilaria Clearance in Samoa. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2021;6(2):1-14. DOI:10.3390/tropicalmed6020044.

        15. Hall NL. From “period poverty” to “period parity” to meet menstrual health needs. Med. 2021. DOI:10.1016/j.medj.2021.03.001.

        16. He ZZ, Guo PY, Xu SL, Zhou Y, Jalaludin B, Leskinen A, Knibbs LD, Heinrich J, Morawska L, Yim SH, Bui D, Komppula M, Roponen M, Hu L, Chen G, Zeng XW, Yu Y, Yang BY, Dong G. Associations of Particulate Matter Sizes and Chemical Constituents with Blood Lipids: A Panel Study in Guangzhou, China. Environ Sci Technol. 2021. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.0c06974.

        17. Khan A, Green K, Khandaker GLawler SGartner C. How can a coordinated regional smoking cessation initiative be developed and implemented? A programme logic model to evaluate the '10,000 Lives' health promotion initiative in Central Queensland, Australia. BMJ open. 2021;11(3):e044649. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044649.

        18. King B, Borland R, Morphett KGartner C, Fielding K, O'Connor RJ, Romijnders K, Talhout R. 'It's all the other stuff!' How smokers understand (and misunderstand) chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke. Public Underst Sci. 2021:963662521991351. DOI:10.1177/0963662521991351.

        19. Kurganskiy A, Creer S, de Vere N, Griffith GW, Osborne NJ, Wheeler BW, McInnes RN, Clewlow Y, Barber A, Brennan GL, Hanlon HM, Hegarty M, Potter C, Rowney F, Adams-Groom B, Petch GM, Pashley CH, Satchwell J, de Weger LA, Rasmussen K, Oliver G, Sindt C, Bruffaerts N, Skjøth CA. Predicting the severity of the grass pollen season and the effect of climate change in Northwest Europe. Sci Adv. 2021;7(13). DOI:10.1126/sciadv.abd7658.

        20. Liu B, Youlden DR, Wabinga H, Nambooze S, Amulen PM, Aitken JF, Parkin DM. Survival from childhood cancer in Kampala, Uganda. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021;68(3):e28876. DOI:10.1002/pbc.28876.

        21. Lubel JS, Roberts SK, Howell J, Ward J, Shackel NA. Current issues in the prevalence, diagnosis and management of hepatocellular carcinoma in Australia. Intern Med J. 2021;51(2):181-8. DOI:10.1111/imj.15184.

        22. Mallard A, Pesantes MA, Zavaleta-Cortijo C, Ward J. An urgent call to collect data related to COVID-19 and Indigenous populations globally. BMJ Glob Health. 2021;6(3). DOI:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-004655.

        23. Matuschka LK, Scott JG, Campbell MA, Lawrence D, Zubrick SR, Bartlett J, Thomas HJ. Correlates of Help-Seeking Behaviour in Adolescents Who Experience Bullying Victimisation. International Journal of Bullying Prevention. 2021. DOI:10.1007/s42380-021-00090-x.

        24. Maxwell S, Ha NT, Bulsara MK, Doust J, McRobbie D, O'Leary P, Slavotinek J, Moorin R. Increasing use of CT requested by emergency department physicians in tertiary hospitals in Western Australia 2003-2015: an analysis of linked administrative data. BMJ open. 2021;11(3):e043315. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043315.

        25. Meurk C, Wittenhagen L, Lucke J, Barker R, Roberts S, Moss K, Waterson E, Heffernan E. Suicidal behaviours in the peripartum period: a systematic scoping review of data linkage studies. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2021. DOI:10.1007/s00737-021-01102-x.

        26. Minian N, Ahad S, Ivanova A, Veldhuizen S, Zawertailo L, Ravindran A, de Oliveira C, Baliunas D, Mulder C, Bolbocean C, Selby P. The effectiveness of generic emails versus a remote knowledge broker to integrate mood management into a smoking cessation programme in team-based primary care: a cluster randomised trial. Implement Sci. 2021;16(1):30. DOI:10.1186/s13012-021-01091-6.

        27. Minian N, Noormohamed A, Lingam M, Zawertailo L, Le Foll B, Rehm J, Giesbrecht N, Samokhvalov AV, Baliunas D, Selby P. Integrating a brief alcohol intervention with tobacco addiction treatment in primary care: qualitative study of health care practitioner perceptions. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021;16(1):17. DOI:10.1186/s13722-021-00225-x.

        28. Moitra M, Santomauro D, Degenhardt L, Collins PY, Whiteford H, Vos T, Ferrari A. Estimating the risk of suicide associated with mental disorders: A systematic review and meta-regression analysis. J Psychiatr Res. 2021;137:242-9. DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.02.053.

        29. Najman JM, Scott JG, Williams GM, Clavarino AM, Kisely S, McGee TR. Predicting Child Maltreatment over the Early Life Course: A Prospective Study. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2021. DOI:10.1007/s10578-021-01164-z.

        30. Rahman ST, Pandeya N, Neale RE, McLeod DSA, Baade PD, Youl PH, Allison R, Leonard S, Jordan SJ. Risk of thyroid cancer following hysterectomy. Cancer Epidemiol. 2021;72:101931. DOI:10.1016/j.canep.2021.101931.

        31. Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, Gordon LG, Waddell N, Hollway G, Vadlamudi L. Developing a gene panel for pharmacoresistant epilepsy: a review of epilepsy pharmacogenetics. Pharmacogenomics. 2021;22(4):225-34. DOI:10.2217/pgs-2020-0145.

        32. Rowney FM, Brennan GL, Skjøth CA, Griffith GW, McInnes RN, Clewlow Y, Adams-Groom B, Barber A, de Vere N, Economou T, Hegarty M, Hanlon HM, Jones L, Kurganskiy A, Petch GM, Potter C, Rafiq AM, Warner A, Wheeler B, Osborne NJ, Creer S. Environmental DNA reveals links between abundance and composition of airborne grass pollen and respiratory health. Curr Biol. 2021. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2021.02.019.

        33. Rutherford Z, Zwolinsky S, Kime N, Pringle A. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of CARE (Cancer and Rehabilitation Exercise): A Physical Activity and Health Intervention, Delivered in a Community Football Trust. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(6). DOI:10.3390/ijerph18063327.

        34. Sara G, Chen W, Large M, Ramanuj P, Curtis J, McMillan F, Mulder CL, Currow D, Burgess P. Potentially preventable hospitalisations for physical health conditions in community mental health service users: a population-wide linkage study. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2021;30:e22. DOI:10.1017/s204579602100007x.

        35. Schnelle C, Messerschmidt S, Minford EJ, Greenaway-Twist K, Szramka M, Masiorski M, Sheldrake M, Jones M. Retraction Note: Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy for chronic low back pain to reduce pain, and improve functionality and general well-being compared with physiotherapy: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2021;22(1):182. DOI:10.1186/s13063-021-05154-3.

        36. Verswijveren S, Lamb KE, Martín-Fernández JA, Winkler E, Leech RM, Timperio A, Salmon J, Daly RM, Cerin E, Dunstan DW, Telford RM, Telford RD, Olive LS, Ridgers ND. Using compositional data analysis to explore accumulation of sedentary behavior, physical activity and youth health. J Sport Health Sci. 2021. DOI:

        37. Waterhouse M, Baxter C, Duarte Romero B, McLeod DSA, English DR, Armstrong BK, Clarke MW, Ebeling PR, Hartel G, Kimlin MG, O'Connell RL, Pham H, Rodney Harris RM, van der Pols JC, Venn AJ, Webb PM, Whiteman DC, Neale RE. Predicting deseasonalised serum 25 hydroxy vitamin D concentrations in the D-Health Trial: An analysis using boosted regression trees. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021;104:106347. DOI:10.1016/j.cct.2021.106347.

        38. Wu Q, He J, Zhang WY, Zhao KF, Jin J, Yu JL, Chen QQ, Hou S, Zhu M, Xu Z, Pan HF. The contrasting relationships of relative humidity with influenza A and B in a humid subtropical region. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2021. DOI:10.1007/s11356-021-13107-1.

        39. Xiang K, Xu Z, Hu YQ, He YS, Dan YL, Wu Q, Fang XH, Pan HF. Association between ambient air pollution and tuberculosis risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Chemosphere. 2021;277:130342. DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130342.

        40. Youens D, Doust J, Robinson S, Moorin R. Regularity and Continuity of GP Contacts and Use of Statins Amongst People at Risk of Cardiovascular Events. J Gen Intern Med. 2021. DOI:10.1007/s11606-021-06638-3.


        Research Update

        Grant opportunities
        Please see below a number of grant opportunities. Please contact The SPH Research Team if you are interested in applying.
        A forecast grant opportunity has been announced by the Department of Health: Public Health and Chronic Disease Program – Rare Diseases. The grant is scheduled to open some time before June 2021. More information and draft guidelines can be found here.
        The U21 HSG International Projects Fund is aimed at supporting academic and non-academic represented teams develop a collaborative project with at least three U21 HSG member institutions, across at least two countries. This is designed to be a more flexible fund to enable members to think innovatively with the aim of helping us achieve the network’s overarching goals. These may include for example: enhancing global education, information exchange and sharing of resources. Up to £10,000 will be awarded annually with the expectation that, over a 12 month period, the project group will deliver specific project outputs and report on these at the Annual Meeting.
        RDO Deadline: 9 June 2021
        UQ Internal Deadline: 14 June 2021
        External Deadline: 5 July 2021
        For more information, visit the U21 Health Science website.
        The U21 HSG Research Development Fund is aimed at supporting interdisciplinary research projects across at least three U21 HSG member universities, across at least two countries. Up to £10,000 will be awarded annually for a 12-month period with the expectation that this will lead to high-impact publications and applications for further substantial funding.
        RDO Deadline: 9 June 2021
        UQ Internal Deadline: 14 June 2021
        External Deadline: 5 July 2021
        For more information, visit the U21 Health Science website.

        Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending SPH and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from SPH

        From the Director’s Desk

        COVID-19 continues to be at the forefront of our minds, even if the situation is settled in Queensland. Many of those who work or study at UQCCR come from COVID affected countries such as India. It must be so distressing to be far away from your families at this time. Please reach out for support from any of us here if you need to in these difficult times.

        In recent weeks, there has been a substantial amount of activity in preparation of strategic funding requests from UQ Central and the Faculty of Medicine. Although the outcome of none of these requests is never certain, we are hopeful that some of our UQCCR researchers will be supported by this “stimulus” money. It may also be that we are able to recruit some new researchers to UQCCR.

        Finally, congratulations are in order to Prof Claire Rickard who has just had a first-authored publication in The Lancet. For those of you who have never met Prof Rickard, she is on the third floor.

        Dates for Diaries

        6 May: All staff / student meeting

        7 May: April Publication of the Month applications due (details below and here)

        12 May: UQCCR seminar. Noon

        17 May: Faculty of Medicine board meeting

        17 May: UQCCR Exec meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwell.

        21 July: UQ Celebration of Staff – Herston. Details to follow. 2pm.

        New Disclosure Obligations

        Under Australian foreign relations legislation, UQ must now record any arrangements with a foreign entity including a foreign government, department, institute or agency or a foreign university that does not have institutional autonomy, and submit this information to the Minister by 10 June 2021.

        Additionally, if UQ proposes to enter a foreign arrangement, it must notify the Minister about the proposal. If UQ subsequently enters the arrangement, it must also notify the Minister of that fact within 14 days.

        Please refer to the useful links below:

        • Fact Sheet: See here and the flow chart on the last page
        • List of Countries that may be deemed non-autonomous
        • Relevant point to the Faculty of Medicine: Please note that all arrangements with any government entity such as hospitals, embassies and government departments need to be submitted via the notification web form.

        UQ Travel – FCM Online Booking Platform and HUB

        On Thursday 22 April 2021 UQ's travel services provider, FCM Travel Solutions, launched their new travel booking technology:

        What does this mean for UQ travellers and bookers?

        1. UQ travellers and bookers will be able to book approved domestic and international travel (to New Zealand only)* via Savi which will provide:
          • An improved and intuitive booking experience, with the ability to self-book flights, accommodation, car hire and transfers.
          • Increased accommodation content, including
          • Savi Select functionality - the ability to email multiple itinerary options to any traveller including external guests and contractors.
          • The ability to book travel on behalf of any UQ traveller.
          • A centralised form of payment for all travel bookings - no credit cards required.
          • No booking fees.
        2. Travellers and bookers will be able to easily update and manage their travel profile information and preferences in the FCM HUB.
        3. Travellers will be able to access their future booking itineraries and receive important updates while travelling via the mobile app.

        * Details of current domestic and international UQ travel restrictions and the COVID-19 travel approval process can be found on the UQ Travel COVID-19 FAQS. Approval forms for domestic and international travel can be found under UQ Travel Resources.

        What travellers and bookers need to do now:

        **Current COVID-19 UQ travel restrictions are still in place. Please refer to UQ Travel for more information**

        Changes to Qualtrics subprocessor list

        Some changes have been made to the Subprocessor list, available here
        What’s new

        • a number of third-party subprocessors who are providing optional services added
        • a new affiliate to the Qualtrics affiliate list added
        • two subprocessors who are no longer used (Survata and Pinpoint) removed

        If you have any questions, please contact

        COVID Vaccination program at RBWH

        Last week the Prime Minister announced that National Cabinet had agreed to bring forward vaccinations to phase 2a for people aged 50 and over to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. State-run clinics, such as RBWH, will be able to offer this to over 50s from 3 May, and GP clinics will be able to offer this from 17 May. RBWH will begin offering this to those over 50s that are within their area of responsibility as soon as possible, namely Phase 1b individuals.

        Pfizer remains the preferred vaccine for people under 50, due to the small but serious risk of complications with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Pfizer will also continue to be made available to aged and disability care workers, frontline and quarantine workers in the 1a and 1b cohorts.

        If you are yet to receive your first COVID immunisation and would like to do so, please present to the clinic on Level 2 of the Ned Hanlon building with your Medicare card (if you have one) and UQ staff or student identification.

        UQCCR Publication of the Month award

        This initiative is aimed at recognising and acknowledging outstanding and high quality publications (Journal Articles, book chapters, peer-reviewed conference publications – anything that’s listed in HERDC) published by researchers at UQCCR. These awards could be particularly beneficial for PhD students / early career researchers wanting to supplement their CVs for future fellowship applications etc.

        Eligibility Criteria:

        1. Award is open to UQCCR Staff members and HDR (and honours) students who are the first or last (senior) author on the Journal Article or other publication being submitted. UQCCR based HDR students who have UQCCR staff members as principal supervisors are encouraged to apply.

        2. The Article should be eligible for HERDC and should mention UQCCR in the by-line.

        3. The Article must have appeared on PubMed (or equivalent) and should have the ‘publishing date’ or ‘available online’ date of the month for which it has been submitted.

        4. The Article can be nominated only once.

        Application Process:

        Please submit the online link or pdf of the publication to Julie Wixey ( before 7th of the following month to nominate for the monthly award (i.e. if you published online in November you need to submit by 7th December).

        Please fill in the applicant details in the proforma (located on the UQCCR intranet) and ensure you include a paragraph explaining the importance of your work, put the quality and impact of the publication in context for your field, mention ‘relative to opportunity’ if relevant, and convince us why you should win! Winners receive a $50 Coles Myer voucher.

        Mass Spec Facility – Sarah Reed

        Introductory session on how to use IPA by Yannick Le Priol (QIAGEN, Senior Field Application Specialist, France).

        The session will include an overview on how to upload data, what the main steps are in processing your data, what the main features are for the software and how to quickly look up your results.  It will be held on 5 May at 4pm – 5pm.  The session will be held via Zoom and the link will be sent out closer to the date.  Please RSVP to Dr Sarah Reed ( 

        UQ Celebration of Staff

        ICYMI: UQ has performed better than expected since the start of COVID in March 2020, and in acknowledgement of the continued efforts of staff, we have been gifted one extra day of leave, which has now been added to your Aurion leave balance. Enjoy!

        In addition, the VC invites you to a celebration of our staff on Wednesday 21 July from 2pm at Herston, Gatton and St Lucia to further show her appreciation. Please hold the time in your diary and more details on the planned celebration events will be shared in the coming weeks.

        New funding and presentation opportunities for researchers in women’s health

        Two exciting opportunities are now available for Queensland researchers specialising in women’s health to either showcase their research or apply for grants.

        Queensland Women’s Health Forum

        Researcher specialising in women’s health are invited to present their research at The Queensland Women’s Health Forum on 27–28 May 2021 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

        Hosted by Australian Health Research Alliance and Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, the Forum will focus on current research and unmet needs in women’s health in Queensland. A key focus of the meeting will feature presentations from early-career and mid-career researchers along with a Poster Networking session.

        Researchers from across Queensland are invited to submit abstracts for the following topics:

        Healthy ageing

        Mental health

        Reproductive health

        Violence and abuse

        Indigenous health

        Chronic disease and preventative health including cancer and heart disease

        Healthy lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of obesity

        Preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and intrapartum health of women and babies

        Sexual health

        For more information on how to submit abstracts visit Qld Women’s Health website.

        Researchers are also invited to register to attend this exciting event, which will feature keynote speaker Dr Robyn Littlewood, from Health and Wellbeing Queensland. Dr Littlewood is the Chief Executive Officer of Health and Wellbeing Queensland and a leading advocate for health promotion.

        Early bird discounts are available on all registration types until 16 April 2021. Visit the conference website for further details.

        Women’s health research translation network grants

        The AHRA Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network is pleased to announce applications are now open for the inaugural Early to Mid-Career Researcher Funded Awards.

        The inaugural grant round comprises one-off 12-month financial support to facilitate career advancement and development in women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers.

        This support will advance the career development of women working across the breadth of women’s health research and build capacity in women researchers across underrepresented groups, diverse disciplines and Indigenous research.

        The grants round will offer a competitive award of up to $15,000 to commence on 1 July 2021. Applications close on Monday 26 April 2021.

        For more information and to download an Information and Application Form visit the Awards website

        Statistical Support – Mark Chatfield

        One day workshop: “Regression Modelling in Stata”

        Date: Mon 10 May 2021 (9.30am–4pm)

        Who should attend?

        Staff and students in the UQ Faculty of Medicine who: have basic data analysis skills, have basic Stata knowledge (otherwise sit with someone who uses Stata) and understand SE, 95% CI, p-value.

        Let’s discuss to see if you will benefit from this workshop at this time

        Learning Objectives – by the end of the workshop, participants will:

        1. Understand the meaning of output from linear and logistic regression models presented in the literature, and understand better the terminology that goes with it

        2. Know how to fit these regression models in Stata

        3. Have a greater awareness of how a research team might approach building a regression model

        1. in general
        2. for their specific analyses

        4. Have had plenty of opportunity to ask questions in a small classroom environment, and get some answers

        Topics to be covered: Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, General Approaches to Good Modelling of Data

        Course notes will be provided.

        Presenter: Mark Chatfield, senior biostatistician collaborating and consulting across the Faculty of Medicine. Mark has previously run this workshop on seven occasions.

        Logistics: In person, no zoom. School of Public Health (Computer Room 015), Herston

        Stata version 16.0 for Windows provided for the day.

        We will use one dataset (elemapi2.dta) for fitting regression models for everybody, but there will be time to look at your own data too.

        Catering not provided.

        Cost: Free … but places limited … contact for registration/queries:

        Statistical Support

        I am happy to hear more about your research and provide statistical advice where I can. Alternatively, you can fill out a form – Research and Statistical Support Service (RASSS) – and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

        Toolbox Talks 2021

        Please send through any requests for Toolbox talk topics for 2021 to Sarah Piper.

        Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’:

        Research Funding alerts

        Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for all current research funding opportunities.Please contact Roheen Gill ( if you are planning to apply for any grants.

        Seminar Series

        Recordings available here

        Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending UQCCR and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from UQCCR

        New Women Finding Success podcast episode

        In this week’s episode of UQ’s Women Finding Success podcast, Associate Professor Remi Ayoko discusses her research in online work, physical work environments and managing conflict in teams, and her career journey from Nigeria to Australia. Listen to the podcast.

        Medtech specific training course for Quality Management systems

        MTPConnect is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to accelerate the rate of growth of the medical technologies, biotechnologies and pharmaceuticals sector.

        As part of MTPConnect’s current initiatives, a wholly online, self-paced course is available with fully subsidised course fees which provides an overview of quality management systems, their benefits and what you need to consider before implementation.

        UQDI role advertised

        Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow– Brisbane. Closing date 3 June. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow will be a part of the Professor Di Yu’s Research Group to undertake internationally competitive research in the areas of immunology.

        SPARQ-ed Research Immersion Program

        Calling all researchers at TRI. SPARQ-ed are looking for researchers who can provide experiments for the upcoming Research Immersion programs in July, September and December.

        This is your opportunity to get involved with the community, practice communication to a non-research audience and share your passion for science with aspiring high school students who have an enthusiasm for biomedical research.

        If this sounds like you or you know a research team who may be interested, please get in touch with the SPARQ-ed team at, phone is on 3443 6920 or drop by our office at Room 2008 Level 2, TRI.

        Our vision is to be a leader in Australian STEM education by delivering innovative biomedical research education that fosters the development of aspiring and successful students, as the future leaders and innovators of Queensland.

        It is our mission to deliver sustainable and accessible world-class biomedical education experiences that inspire students to consider STEM subjects and careers, enhance the professional practice of teachers and build strong connections with the community.

        20th Brisbane Immunology (BIG) Group Retreat 

        The Brisbane Immunology Group (BIG) invites all researchers in the field of immunology – basic and clinical, cellular and molecular immunology, human and animal – to attend their 20th annual retreat on 26–27 August at Q1 Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast.  

        We have been fortunate to confirm Professor Ian Frazer to give this year’s Jonathan Sprent Oration, as well as Professor Sharon Lewin, Professor Si Ming Man, and Professor Sarah Robertson to deliver keynote presentations. 

        Visit the event website for more information. Registrations and submissions close 25 June 2021.

        Research Commercialisation Workshop

        Hosted by UQ’s commercialisation company Uniquest, this free, two-day Research Commercialisation Workshop focuses on creating an awareness of intellectual property management and commercialisation.

        This program is tailor-made for the academic and research staff and research higher degree students of UQ. This event is held on Wednesday 21 July and Thursday 22 July 2021. Register here. Places are limited.

         UQ Research Data Manager Resource Hub 

        The UQRDM team have launched the UQRDM Resource Hub including a variety of one-pagers and how-to pages for your use or for you to share with your collaborators and co-workers, answering the following questions:

        • What is UQRDM and what are its benefits?
        • How can UQRDM help your research?
        • ​How to start with UQRDM?
        • How to start with UQRDM for HDR students?
        • How to access your storage?
        • How to work with collaborators - giving access to all data and to individual folders and files?
        • How can external collaborators access data in UQRDM?

        UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

        The next presentation in the UQDI Seminar Series will be held on 5 May with guest speaker Dr Kirsty Short, who is an ARC DECRA research fellow and head of the viral pathogenesis lab at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences with The University of Queensland.

        Dr Short and her group focus on the pathogenesis of emerging viral infections and the role of chronic metabolic conditions (namely diabetes and obesity) in severe viral infections. Their group works on both influenza A virus and SARS-CoV-2 with a particular focus on the development of novel therapies and the role of children in viral transmission.

        Dr Short will be presenting on the topic SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis: what do we know and what do we have to learn.

        The seminar will be held from 9.30–10.30am in the TRI Auditorium and via Zoom.

        Another UQDI Seminar Series presentation is scheduled for Wednesday 12 May and will be delivered by Associate Professor Mathias Francois from Centenary Institute, who leads a research team with a focus on identifying new and innovative therapeutic approaches targeting vascular disease.

        Dr Francois will speak on the topic of From developmental transcription factors to cancer therapeutics: An endothelial-targeted molecular strategy to improve the management of vascular neoplasms.

        The Zoom presentation from 9.30–10.30am can be accessed by Zoom link

        Planned IT network outage on  9 May 

        The UQ ITS network team need to perform a network upgrade that will generate a short outage of the UQ network in the TRI building.  The work is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, 9 May subject to any critical impacts that may be identified by UQDI’s staff and students.  Between 9am and 12pm, there will be an outage of approximately 30 minutes during which all access to the UQ network and Eduroam will be disrupted.

        This includes wireless access and audio-video facilities. Email by 11am on 5 May if you believe this planned outage on Sunday 9 May will have a critical impact on work that is already planned to occur between 9am and 12pm on that day.

        TRI strategy survey closing soon

        Everyone has a unique perspective and ideas on the goals and strategies that will achieve desired and shared outcomes.

        Whether you are part of a university, hospital or company and working in any capacity at TRI, we want to hear from you on issues such as how to increase engagement between researchers inside and beyond TRI. See here to help shape the next TRI Strategic Plan.

        PAH vaccination hub

        The Princess Alexandra Hospital vaccination hub is now able to provide vaccinations to those people based at TRI who are in the 1b Category only.

        No appointment is required, however there may be a wait.  The clinic is situated in the Russell Strong Auditorium and open from 7.30am until 4.30pm every weekday.

        Any questions regarding the vaccine itself, including the vaccine type, can be answered at the PAH clinic. For more information prior to your visit, go to the Queensland Health website.

        ANZAC Day reflections

        In 2021, UQ commemorated ANZAC Day by reflecting on the impact that war has had on the UQ community and paying tribute to the sacrifices made by so many brave students, staff and alumni.

        Meet the University Archivist working to uncover the names of UQ diggers that were missing from University Roll of Honour plaques. 

        EOI requests for equipment/infrastructure at UQDI

        UQDI is seeking expressions of interest for a wish list for external grant opportunities,  philanthropic opportunities, TRI new and replacement scheme, Faculty capital replacement and general needs. Expressions of interest are encouraged at any time. 

        See here  for the EOI Infrastructure form and submit to  at any time and include the words General Equipment EOI in the subject line.

        Publication affiliation requirements at UQDI

        Please ensure that The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute is given in full as your affiliation on all publications, promotional and advertising material, public announcements and activities related to your work by using the following affiliation for all publications and other materials: The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, The University of Queensland, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia

        Please also ensure that the TRI facilities are acknowledged by listing it as an acknowledgement or in a footnote. All reports of research carried out using the TRI facility and resources should acknowledge the Commonwealth’s funding of TRI with the following wording: This research was carried out at the Translational Research Institute, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia. The Translational Research Institute is supported by a grant from the Australian Government.

        New staff update

        Dr Simon Cashion has commenced as a Research Partnerships Manager in the Faculty of Medicine team on 12 April and will be primarily focused on supporting UQDI.

        He has over 20 years’ experience in the research sector including roles in technology transfer, business development and customer relationship management.

        Simon completed his PhD in materials engineering at the University of Queensland in 1999. Simon’s best contact email is

        Ventures Activate

        Searching for an internship over your mid-year break in entrepreneurship? Ventures Activate is a three-week (5–23 July) remote internship in entrepreneurship! Open to all current students, regardless of faculties or study levels.
        Join the Ventures team on Thursday 29 April at noon for an information session to learn more about how Ventures Activate can help you build your professional networks and further your entrepreneurial capabilities.                                         

        Applications close 21 May at noon. Limited places available. Register to the info session and apply today here

        New Funding Application coversheet

        UQR&I have updated their UQ Funding Application coversheet (UQFAC). The new form now includes a section for researchers to nominate if they would like their proposal to be added to the UQ grants library with the hope to broadening the number and type of successful applications with the Grants Library so as to provide UQ researchers with a useful resource to draw on when preparing bids to these schemes. 

        Please use this new UQFAC for all funding applications where a scheme specific coversheet has not been requested.

        Roadworks on Cornwall St

        Brisbane City Council is undertaking road resurfacing works on Cornwall St, Annerley, from Annerley Rd to Ipswich Rd. These works have been rescheduled and will now start from mid-April to mid-May, from 7pm to 5am. No works will be undertaken on Fridays or Saturdays. Signage will be installed at the location of the works one business day before the works.

        Ventures Virtual Singapore Startup AdVenture

        Score a four-week placement with a Singapore-based startup. Expand your network globally and gain first-hand knowledge on founding, investing and growing an early-stage business,  all from your own home. Apply now to the mid-year Ventures Virtual Singapore Startup AdVenture (22 June–23 July) here. Applications close 11 May at noon.

        UQDI role advertised

        Research Assistant– Brisbane. Closing date 6 May. A research assistant in the field of pharmaceutical development is required to develop highly novel liposomes for immunotherapy of disease within a team environment.

        Toilets – restricted access during cleaning

        Please be reminded that the bathrooms should not be accessed when the cleaners have them cordoned off for cleaning. Access is restricted during cleaning to ensure the cleaning team are not exposed to people using urinals or other such activities. Please use an alternative bathroom whilst the facilities on your usual level are being cleaned.

        UQ Cultural Inclusion Council – nominate by 14 May

        As part of our diversity strategy, the UQ Cultural Inclusion Council (CIC) was established in 2020 as the peak governance and advisory body for all UQ Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) initiatives, strategies and actions.

        Council membership will provide you with an opportunity to contribute towards creating an environment that is respectful, vibrant and inclusive, and allow for the growth and empowerment of those with diverse backgrounds and lifestyles at UQ.

        Find out more and complete the nomination process by 14 May 2021.

        Who does what?

        UQDI’s professional support team consists of professionals with a range of different expertise and backgrounds. Find out more about the support services on offer within UQDI and put faces to names on the UQDI intranet.

        UQ Human and Animal Ethics training sessions
        In 2021 Research Ethics and Integrity is refreshing its training opportunities with two sessions that are part of a core set of offerings. In addition, we are developing a range of resources such as FAQs, tip sheets and videos.

        These two sessions are ideal for those new to UQ, new to research with humans or animals, or anyone who wants a refresher on research ethics and UQ’s processes:

        Topic: Ethical research and teaching with animals at UQ 
        When: Wednesday 16 June  1pm–3pm
        Registration and more information about this session here

        Topic: Conducting Ethical research with Humans at UQ
        When: Wednesday 28 April 10:30am-12:30pm and Tuesday 22 June 1.30–3.30pm
        Registration and more information about this session here

        Consultation draft – Use of Unsealed Radiation Sources at TRI

        The draft of Standard - Use of Unsealed Radiation Sources at TRI is available for comment. This document will be replacing the existing TRI Radiation Facilities SOP. Please submit any comments or feedback to by COB Friday 7 May.

        Novartis seeks proposals oriented to drug target validation and discovery

        The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) has again selected UQ and UniQuest to engage in a call for proposals for the 2021 NIBR Global Scholars Program. 

        Proposals must be oriented to drug target validation and drug discovery, and in Novartis’ key therapeutic areas of focus. Selected proposals will progress to a full application and, if successful, will receive up to US$1million over three years (inclusive of UQ overheads). 

        Applications are invited from researchers working in Novartis’ key therapeutic areas (as a guide see here). 

        Interested researchers should reach out to their UniQuest representative and email to request a copy of NIBR’s 2021 Scientific Needs List (which must be kept confidential within UQ and not shared with collaborators or others outside of UQ) and pre-proposal application form. 

        The deadline for proposal submissions is 14 May 2021.  Enquiries to

        Great Court Race – 19 May 2021

        The Great Court Race is one of The University of Queensland’s proudest traditions and this year’s event will be held on Wednesday 19 May. Find out more information and register here.

        2021 UQ Alumni Awards

        UQ celebrates our alumni community across nine award categories. Nominations are open until 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021. If you have any questions regarding the UQ Alumni Awards nomination process, please contact More information including the award guidelines can be found here

        TRI Strategic Plan survey – closes 30 April

        TRI is looking to develop a new Strategic Plan for the whole of TRI and particularly the focus for 2022-2024. All UQDI staff and students are encouraged to participate by providing input via the survey which closes on 30 April 2021.

        Visitor hotdesk at TRI

        You can request access to the UQDI visitor hotdesk on Level 7 of TRI via this form. Please note that a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to request the UQDI visitor hotdesk and that it is not suitable for longer term arrangements.

        Episode Five of UQ podcast

        In Episode Five of UQ’s Women Finding Success podcast, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, Professor Janeen Baxter, discusses how social disadvantages affect people’s life course, and how gender inequality affects career progression and family dynamics.

        Listen to the podcast here.

        Managing your research data with UQ RDM

        This session will demonstrate the benefits of using the UQ Research Data Manager (UQ RDM) system, and how it fits into research data management in general. This session will also demonstrate the benefits of sharing and publishing your data, and how it can be done with UQ RDM and UQ eSpace. Register here.

        ASSC Skin and Skin Cancer Seminar

        Please join us for the next ASSC Skin and Skin Cancer Seminar to be delivered by Dr Snehlata Kumari (UQDI) and Dr Mitchell Stark (UQDI Dermatology Research Centre).

        The seminar will be held on 12 May from noon-1pm via Zoom

        This seminar is hosted by the ASSC and  BDHP Skin & Skin Cancer Theme.

        Core Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Learning modules 

        Have you completed the Core Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Learning modules that were released in late 2020?

        Make time this week to reflect on the notion of culture and how your own cultural influences impact how you think and behave toward others as well as being introduced to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and worldviews.

        Meet an editor of the Science Publishing Group

        Learn how to get your study published and communicate science to a broad audience by meeting Dr Dann Erkes, Associate Editor of Scioence Immunology (AAAS) in a speciial seminar.

        Receive tips on how to get reviewed and read once published, and more about the publishing process.

        The seminar will be held on Thursday 20 May from 9–9.30am via Zoom.  Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom details

        A speed dating session with the editor will be held from 9.30–11am. Registration required. 

        Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending UQDI and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from UQDI